We are delighted to announce Elliot Monteith as this year’s recipient of the Cameron Bespolka Scholarship to attend the Cornell Birding Event in Ithaca, New York.

Elliot’s attitude and enthusiasm was second to none and we are thrilled to offer him this once in a life time opportunity. Together with 15 other young and passionate birders, he will meet Cornell’s top scientists and ornithologists in Ithaca, New York from 12th - 15th July this year.

The Young Birders Event will feature:

  • two days of field trips
  • presentations by Cornell Lab of Ornithology staff including professors, researchers, and students who will share various ways to incorporate birds into a career
  • eBird and field notes workshop
  • sound recording workshop
  • tour of the Cornell Lab including the Macaulay Library and Museum of Vertebrates
  • dinner with Cornell Lab Directors and staff

This trip is sponsored by the Cameron Bespolka Trust and will cover flights, transfers, the whole event which includes meals, accommodation, all transportation during the weekend . Some personal spending money is all you will need.

Past Cornell Events

Cornell 2017
Max Hellicar attended the event in July 2017. This event is a life changer for any young birder and this is what Max had to say: "The Cornell Young Birders' Event 2017 was absolutely amazing. It was a privilege to learn so much from those at the top of the profession which I hope to go into. I learnt a lot about the scientific ornithological sectors as well as learning about the identification of species which were previously unfamiliar to me. The overwhelming sense of encouragement and willingness to share information on any subject from everyone at Cornell is very impressive and it was a great boost to my determination to have the privilege of visiting this early on in my career."

Scroll down to see a slideshow of some of Max's photos from the event.

Cornell 2016
We selected Amy Hall to attend the event in 2016 and she had this to say: "Being chosen for this trip meant a lot to me - I was massively supported by the Cameron Bespolka Trust and the BTO before I left.”

Amy Hall, wrote an in-depth report of her event. It is clear to see what an impression this trip has made on her. Click here to read her report

Please also  check out Amy's blog for her monthly updates on all sorts of interesting nature related topics.

Scholarship Winner 2018

Elliot Monteith

Elliot Montieth

Congratulations Elliot! We are looking forward to hearing about your trip and seeing lots of photos. Good luck!.

 


Photos by Max Hellicar

 

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker




Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler




Chesnut-sided Warbler

Chesnut-sided Warbler




Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing




Chesnut-sided Warbler

Chesnut-sided Warbler




Veery

Veery




Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager




Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler




Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat




Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker




Barred Owl

Barred Owl